The Volcanic Plateau stretches from the Bay of Plenty coast to south of Ruapehu. The region’s landforms have been formed by volcanic activity, which has produced volcanoes, massive calderas occupied by lakes, hot springs, mud pools and steaming mountainsides. To the east the Plateau is bounded by the greywacke ranges of the main divide; to the west it is edged by the western uplands, mostly sedimentary rocks.
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